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David McGillivray (screenplay)
Les Young (story) ...
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Release Date:
26 October 1979 (USA) See more »
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Have You Ever Felt An Evil Presence All Around You ... ? See more »
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Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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John Nolan ... James Garrick
Carolyn Courage ... Ann Garrick
James Aubrey ... Philip
Sarah Keller ... Suzy

Tricia Walsh ... Viv

Glynis Barber ... Carol Tucker
Michael Craze ... Gary
Rose Collins ... Diane (as Rosie Collins)
Chuck Julian ... Phil the Greek
Elaine Ives-Cameron ... Dolores Hamilton
Patti Love ... Hannah
Mary Maude ... Lady Garrick
William Russell ... Lord Garrick
Peter Craze ... The Director
Peter Atard ... Curtis the Actor (also as Peter Atiard) (as Peter Attard)
Peter Sproule ... Policeman
Colin Howells ... Detective

Peter Mayhew ... The Mechanic

Milton Reid ... Club Bouncer
Joseph Dunlop ... Villager
Roy Evans ... Villager

Tony Rohr ... Villager
John Rapley ... Priest
Steve Emerson ... Burning Man
David McGillivray ... T.V. Reporter (also as David Mc.Gillivray)
Ben Levine ... Man in Club
Tanya Ferova ... Stripper (as Tanya Ferowa)
L.E. Mack ... Mad Dolly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike O'Malley ... Club Barman
Robert Conway ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Alan Jones ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hayden Pearce ... Man on Tube Train (uncredited)
Cleo Rocos ... Party Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Norman J. Warren  (as Norman.J.Warren)
 
Writing credits
David McGillivray (screenplay)

Les Young (story) &
Moira Young (story)

Produced by
Richard Crafter .... producer
Les Young .... producer
Moira Young .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ivor Slaney 
 
Cinematography by
Les Young (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Elderton 
 
Art Direction by
Hayden Pearce 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Grantham .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nigel Goldsack .... second assistant director
Bryan Hirst .... assistant director
Leyland Wyler .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Adam Alexander .... boom operator
Simon Okin .... sound recordist
Ted Ryan .... dubbing mixer
John Scarlett-Davis .... sound engineer
Norman J. Warren .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Steve Emerson .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denis Balkin .... grip
Tony Barber .... electrician
David Bevan .... focus puller
Brian Herlihy .... clapper loader
John Metcalfe .... camera operator
John Moore .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Ros Seily .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Judi Futrille .... continuity (as Judi Furtrille)
John Hemmings .... laboratory contact
 
Thanks
The Baron De Veauce .... the producers wish to thank
The Baroness De Veauce .... the producers wish to thank
Norma Dodson .... special thanks
Maureen Fagg .... the producers wish to thank
Tom Fagg .... the producers wish to thank
Les .... the producers wish to thank (as Les & Vicki of the Nags Head, Knaphill, Surrey)
Judi Metcalfe .... special thanks
Mike Metcalfe .... special thanks
Ivy Overhead .... special thanks
Vicki .... the producers wish to thank (as Les & Vicki of the Nags Head, Knaphill, Surrey)
Frazer Wood .... special thanks
Peter Wren .... special thanks
 
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84 min
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Color (Fujicolor)
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Australia:R (censored) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R

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Posters for director Norman J. Warren's previous film, Evil Heritage (1976), and Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973) are visible in James' office.See more »
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Terror: A Downward Spiral...in Quality, 16 August 2005
Author: wkduffy from That Parallel Universe Where What I Say Matters

I'm a sucker for "Alien" ripoffs, so of course Norman J. Warren's cheesy 1980 homage, "Inseminoid" (a.k.a. Horror Planet), is a fave of mine.

Considering the relatively high production values of that flick, I thought I'd give the rest of his early horror movies a try. I obtained the Anchor Bay UK (R2) coffin boxset, which contains "Terror" (1978), as well as two previous horror flicks lensed by Warren ("Satan's Slave" from 1976 and "Prey" from 1977).

To give proper perspective to "Terror," I think it helps to compare it to Warren's earlier horror films in a chronological fashion.

But in case you don't feel like reading this entire post, here's the upshot: Norman J. Warren's straight-up horror films spiral downward in quality as time goes on; since "Terror" is one of his later films, it stinks the most. Sorry, but the stench cannot be covered up.

Without a doubt, Norman J. Warren started on a high note. His first full-length horror feature, "Satan's Slave" (1976), regardless of the absurd title, is a real gem of mid-70's horror (woman meets her evil uncle for the first time when her parents die in a car crash; uncle decides to use his stranded niece in a ritual to reincarnate an ancient witch). Maybe I was in a particularly receptive state when I popped it in, but it occurred to me that "Satan's Slave" was a real independent 70's gem with some poetic photography and some solid grue. It felt like "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" or even the lesser "The Legacy" at times. The film is caught somewhere between the then-dying Hammer Gothic style and the rise of contemporary horror films. Its carefully crafted and moody jazz-ensemble music, and its isolated, wintry English country manor setting make it a real fun time. They don't make them like this anymore. (And I thought I had perused every worthwhile 70's horror movie ever made. I was very grateful to be wrong.)

Then came "Prey" (a.k.a. Alien Prey, 1977). Shot in a week or two and with little money, the film has an interesting premise (alien with Wolfman Jack fangs crashes on an English country estate; he is here to scout out whether or not humans are edible). It effectively uses some claustrophobic settings, and the plot takes some well-timed twists. But it doesn't begin to stand up to the moodiness, and especially sympathy for the characters, that "Satan's Slave" generates. "Prey" is hampered by only having three players. The conversations seem to go round and round confusingly amongst the two lesbians and the disguised alien, and the tension is very on-again off-again. The film is inconsistent; it drags terribly in places; the photography seems rushed or crudely framed. And there's the infamous slo-mo drowning scene in the dirty pond--that goes on and on and on...

Then came "Terror" (1978), the absolute worst of the lot. The film (witch lays an ancient curse on a family which comes to pass as we watch) is apparently an homage to Argento's "Suspiria" (though I'd never, never be able to tell). Trust me: I live for confusing horror movies pasted together with hoary clichés, but this "film-like product" lacks basic structure. The characters are so thin that they seem to disappear when they turn sideways. I couldn't even remember their names, which is never a good sign. Scenes seem strung together at random; telegraphed red herrings abound. Nudity just thrown in...because. There is a "film within a film" motif used to some effect, but we've seen this done much better by others. The film is populated by characters we don't care about because we don't know them in the most rudimentary ways. I had no problem going to the fridge during this one.

It is interesting (indeed, fascinating) to juxtapose a gem like "Satan's Slave" against Warren's later "Terror" (which actually had a bigger budget; by that time, Warren had earned a bit of a name for himself too, but apparently that had little effect on quality). Take my word for it: "Terror" is by far the weaker film, thinner, less interesting, less nostalgic-feeling, less moody, less filling. It is, without question, the lowest point in the UK boxset.

OK, now that I've fulfilled my IMDb obligation, I can go pop the next DVD of the boxset into my player: A widescreen version of "Inseminoid!"

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